Bob Watts Fluxpost


In 1961, Robert Watts designed a perforated sheet of fifteen stamps combining popular and erotic imagery. In so doing, he became the first artist to create a sheet of postage stamps within a fine art context. In 1964, Watts published his fourth postage stamp sheet in four years. His former experience with the medium culminated in producing one of the masterpieces of his career, the stampsheet  Fluxpost/17-17.

There is a singular border design common to the hundred postage stamps, all with different images, a pleasing mix of the abstract and figurative, from sources as diverse as photography, drawing, and engraving, arranged in a sheet of ten rows each containing ten stamps.

Fluxpost/17-17 was often included, in whole or in part, in the 1966/67 George Maciunas flux-kit multiple, Flux Post Kit 7.

Robert Watts: The Complete Postage Stamp Sheets, 1961-1986 was exhibited at The Stamp Art Gallery in 1996.

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